Google is Scary Smart, or Just Scary…
Saturday, September 13, 2003
When I was a kid, the source of universal knowledge at home was
the set of dusty encyclopedias that my Mom inherited from somewhere. Today, it’s
the Internet, via Google. That in itself makes Google the fulfillment of most
sci-fi novels’ description of the the-store-of-all-human knowledge (I wish the
text of all books were up, but that’ll happen in time…).
Anyway, it didn’t hit me just how comprehensive Google was ‘til I typed in ‘“Joe Grammer” wife’ yesterday (I was calling and wanted to be prepared to address his very nice wife by name in case she answered the phone). In 0.39 seconds, Google gave 45 results, the 3rd of which contained Joe’s wife’s name! It was Joe himself who’d mentioned his wife’s name in a mailing list post but still, that’s pretty damn scary…